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Summer monsoon in the Escalante Canyons area of Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument in Utah, the BLM’s first national monument. Photo by Carly Klein, BLM Landscape Architect Intern working on visual resource management at the monument. #nationalconservationlands

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Millions of years in the making, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona remains a little-known wonder. Most of what’s depicted here is part of the white pocket formation.

 

credits: Kevin Russ, Stephen Oachs, Richard Barnes, Michael Villa, Grant Ordelheide, David Blanchard

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Check Out What Happened Last Week at the BLM: September 15-19, 2014

Announcements, Events and News

The BLM hosted several local National Public Lands Day events in anticipation of the nationwide NPLD 2014 celebration on Saturday, September 27, 2014. NPLD began in 1994 and is now the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. For the 20th Anniversary of NPLD last year, 175,000 volunteers and park visitors celebrated at 2,237 public land sites in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. Almost 2,000 projects are planned for this year’s observance. To find a NPLD event near you visit: http://www.publiclandsday.org/.

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The BLM last week celebrated the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument’s Golden Birthday. Encompassing 1.9 million acres, the Monument was created on September 18, 1996, by presidential proclamation – the first monument entrusted to BLM management. World-class dinosaur excavations have yielded more information about ecosystem change at the end of the dinosaur era than almost any other place in the world. Among the fossil finds, paleontologists have identified dinosaurs not previously known to have inhabited this region, as well as several new species. View photos and more information on My Public Lands Tumblr.

The BLM continued its month-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act with beautiful photos of and personal accounts about the significance of wilderness.  View some of the stunning wilderness landscapes managed by the BLM’s National Conservation Lands on the My Public Lands Instagram.

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In 2009, a remarkable new dinosaur tracksite was discovered in the BLM’s Moab Field Office, containing one of the largest multi-animal tracksites in North America. The Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite preserves 10 different types of tracks, including various dinosaurs, birds and crocodiles, with over 200 tracks documented in an area of approximately 500 meters. The site is being studied by an international team led by Dr. Martin Lockley of the University of Colorado at Denver. The tracks, approximately 112 million years old, are preserved in the Lower Cretaceous Ruby Ranch Member of the Cedar Mountain Formation. Read the My Public Lands Tumblr story, originally published internally, about BLM Utah’s work with partners to clean up the area, document the tracksites with 3D photography, and build a walking trail for public education.

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